A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Foot Health: Do you feel like you’re walking on glass? You might have a deep callus

By Dr. Sarah Voelkel Special to NKyTribune Many of our patients come in with calluses on their feet, some painful and some nonpainful. But one specific type of callus that causes significant pain – a feeling of walking on glass – is called a porokeratosis. There are many forms of porokeratosis, but what we commonly see is a callus lesion with a core that extends deeper than the superficial...

Salmonella outbreak linked to melons, fruit salad mixes expands — products recalled

By Richard Preidt Medicinenet.com A salmonella outbreak linked to melons and fruit salad mixes continues to expand, say officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So far, 70 people have been sickened across seven states after eating fruit salad mixes that included pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and cut fruit medley products from the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis,...

SmartHealth: Stay hydrated in summer heat — but know what you need to do and when hot is too hot

By Nathan Skaggs St. Elizabeth Healthcare This year in the Tri-State area, it feels like we skipped spring and went straight to summer. Without a gradual warmup for our bodies to get used to, it’s more important than ever to focus on staying hydrated as the temperature continues to climb. Whether you are training for a marathon, playing a round of golf or sitting by the pool, it’s also important...

Heat advisory from AAA: Don’t leave pets or children alone in cars, protect against dangers of heatstroke

AAA is reminding motorists about the dangers of leaving children and pets in hot cars. According to the National Weather Service, heat and humidity will make it feel like 100 degrees.   “Drivers may think it’s okay to leave children and pets unattended in a vehicle while they run a quick errand,” says Jenifer Moore, AAA spokeswoman. “The decision to choose perceived convenience over safety...

St. Elizabeth Partners with FIVE Labs for state-of-the art bioskills lab in Erlanger

St. Elizabeth Healthcare and OrthoCincy Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine have partnered with FIVE Labs to build a unique, state-of-the-art bioskills lab and conference venue in Erlanger, to serve the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati region. The first of the kind in the region, the bioskills lab is a training facility to support doctors, residents and other healthcare professionals in practicing new surgical...

SmartHealth: Summer hit without much warning this year, so staying hydrated is more critical than ever

By Nathan Skaggs St. Elizabeth Healthcare This year in the Tri-State area, it feels like we skipped spring and went straight to summer. Without a gradual warmup for our bodies to get used to, it’s more important than ever to focus on staying hydrated as the temperature continues to climb. Whether you are training for a marathon, playing a round of golf or sitting by the pool, it’s also important...

Almost half of Kentuckians 30 and older have advanced gum disease that can cause tooth loss

Kentucky Health News Half of Americans aged 30 and older have a disease of the gums called periodontitis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If left untreated, gum disease can not only lead to tooth loss, but can also lead to other health problems like heart disease and diabetes. The CDC data found that 45 percent of Kentuckians aged 30 and older had periodontitis, with...

SmartHealth: Learning the symptoms of depression can save your life — or someone else’s

By Kristen Mees St. Elizabeth Healthcare Depression is a serious mood disorder likely rooted in a combination of factors: Genetics, chemical imbalances in the brain and stress. It’s more serious than feeling “blue” for a day or two; symptoms can last from weeks to years and can contribute to other serious illnesses, including heart disease and stroke, according to the National Institute on Mental...

Bexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announces data from ongoing Phase I BXQ-350 clinical trial

 Covington-based Bexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on rare brain and solid tumors, discussed data from 17 patients enrolled in the Phase Ia portion of its ongoing Phase I Safety Trial at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting Poster Session, held in Chicago June 1-5. In the poster presentation entitled, “First-in-class Phase...

Kentucky Health News: Celebrity suicides raise concerns; Kentucky rate higher than most states

“The suicides of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain just days apart . . . have mental health professionals worried about the potential for what’s known as a ‘contagion’ effect, but at the same time they say media coverage may lead people to seek help,” Marek Mazurek and Laney Ruckstuhl report for The Boston Globe. Click to enlarge “Anytime there’s...

Beshear fighting temporary injunction request seeking to halt nation’s health care system

Attorney General Andy Beshear is fighting a request for a temporary injunction filed this week by a group of states seeking to halt the nation’s health care system while an ongoing lawsuit on the issue plays out in federal court. Beshear Beshear and a group of state attorneys general are intervening in the lawsuit – Texas et al. v. United States et al. – that claims the ACA is unconstitutional...

New study shows region’s children are generally healthy, but disparities reported by income and race

Parents in the Greater Cincinnati region report that their children are in excellent or very good overall health, according to data collected through the Child Well-Being Survey. Click to enlarge When asked to rate their child’s health as excellent, very good, good, fair or poor, 8 in 10 (82%) parents and guardians in the region said their child’s health was excellent or very good. This is slightly...

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services recognizes human services employees

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has recognized several human services staff from across the state for their exemplary service to the commonwealth. The employees, part of the CHFS Department for Community Based Services, were honored at the Governor’s Mansion this week for leadership and accomplishments over the past year. CHFS Secretary Adam Meier told the honorees they...

Operation UNITE uses comprehensive approach to keep Appalachian kids off drugs

From Kentucky Health News Preventing kids from falling into addiction is a major goal for Operation UNITE, a nonprofit serving 32 counties in Eastern Kentucky — a region where the average age for first drug use is 11, Laura Ungar reports for the Louisville Courier Journal. “Experts say UNITE’s approach — encompassing families, schools, and communities — is supported by research and...

NKY Health Department launches hepatitis A prevention plan in wake of state’s declared outbreak

The Northern Kentucky Health Department (NKY Health) has initiated efforts to prevent the statewide spread of Hepatitis A from expanding to the region. Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by a virus. Dr. Saddler When infected, the liver becomes inflamed or damaged and does not work properly. Although rare, death can occur from this infection. The Kentucky Department for Public...